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Statement on computer locking scam 

2 March 2012

PRS for Music has been alerted to the fact that some internet users have had their computers blocked after watching videos online with a message from ourselves and the Metropolitan police saying they would need to pay £50-£100 to have their computer unlocked.

This is an internet virus or scam and has nothing to do with PRS for Music or the police. We are currently investigating this issue.

We advise internet users to:

  • Not make any payment to have your computer unlocked
  • Update their anti-virus and firewall software
  • Alert their internet service provider if this problem persists

PRS for Music does not charge users to watch music videos online and never has. PRS for Music licenses directly sites such as YouTube to ensure creators are paid when their music is used online.

If you would like to report an online scam or virus please visit: www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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